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Knowing the notes and playing them accurately, and in tune, is one thing. However, the quality of your tone has a marked effect on how a piece sounds and feels to the audience. If your tone is flat or lacks the rich, resonance double basses are known for, it will directly affect your inspiration and joy of playing, not to mention your performances.

 

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Beginning violinists don't have the best reputation when it comes to sound quality. The reality is that except for the very rare virtuoso, all string musicians must start somewhere - and that somewhere often involves driving family members absolutely crazy as they go from eager beginner (shriek! twang! screech!) to confident player (rich! warm! smooth!).

 

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Selecting the right music program for a  class or a recital is always a challenge. You want to present something that balances the students’ skill level with an audience favorites, without being too redundant. And don’t forget about creating the program around a theme!  Frankly, you’ve got a lot going on.

 

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We’re such fans of the role apps can play in enhancing your skills, that we’ve already shared lists of the best apps for learning to play the violin here and here. We’ve found even more apps to help you learn to play, including some that venture into some new territory.

 

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Even for an experienced musician, the idea of writing your very own music may seem like a pipe dream. In truth, musical composition requires a different set of skills than playing an instrument. Composers are often well-versed in one or more instruments, but some rely upon steadfast musical rules and concepts to write music for other musicians. Fortunately, there are many great tools to help you get started with composition no matter where you are in your musical journey.

 

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Spring is in the air, which can only mean one thing: time to apply to music camp!

 

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Summer camp isn’t just for kids! If you have some time available this summer, why can’t you enjoy the immersive learning and socializing experience of music camp? You can. You don’t even need that much time. If you have a week or two, or even just a long weekend, you can find a music camp that will suit you.

 

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Do you find yourself wishing your budget could accommodate more private lessons each week? Having a difficult time knowing if you're playing a piece correctly when an instructor isn't there to provide feedback? Are you a student who does better with guided direction than left to your own devices?

 

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Adult music students often doubt their music abilities because they've fallen prey to certain myths, including the one that "childhood is the only time to learn musical instruments well..."

 

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Cellos often play a supporting role in orchestras – particularly youth, beginner and intermediate orchestras. For a student, however, this can become decidedly un-inspiring. Aspiring cellists deserve inspiring compositions - pieces that go beyond the rhythmic support of the treble clef and into the solo, "wowzah" category.

 

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5 Ways To Improve The Tone of Your String Bass

5 Ways To Improve The Tone of Your String Bass

Knowing the notes and playing them accurately, and in tune, is one thing. However, the quality of your tone has a marked effect on how a piece sounds and feels to the audience. If your tone is flat or lacks the rich, resonance double basses are known for, it will directly affect your inspiration and joy of playing, not to mention your performances.

 

Read More

How To Practice At Home Without Making Your Family Crazy

How To Practice At Home Without Making Your Family Crazy

Beginning violinists don't have the best reputation when it comes to sound quality. The reality is that except for the very rare virtuoso, all string musicians must start somewhere - and that somewhere often involves driving family members absolutely crazy as they go from eager beginner (shriek! twang! screech!) to confident player (rich! warm! smooth!).

 

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Understanding Public Domain And Where To Find Public Domain Music

Understanding Public Domain And Where To Find Public Domain Music

Selecting the right music program for a  class or a recital is always a challenge. You want to present something that balances the students’ skill level with an audience favorites, without being too redundant. And don’t forget about creating the program around a theme!  Frankly, you’ve got a lot going on.

 

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Best Apps For Learning To Play The Violin – Update

Best Apps For Learning To Play The Violin – Update

We’re such fans of the role apps can play in enhancing your skills, that we’ve already shared lists of the best apps for learning to play the violin here and here. We’ve found even more apps to help you learn to play, including some that venture into some new territory.

 

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Music Composition For Beginners

Music Composition For Beginners

Even for an experienced musician, the idea of writing your very own music may seem like a pipe dream. In truth, musical composition requires a different set of skills than playing an instrument. Composers are often well-versed in one or more instruments, but some rely upon steadfast musical rules and concepts to write music for other musicians. Fortunately, there are many great tools to help you get started with composition no matter where you are in your musical journey.

 

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Apply Now: Top 10 List Of 2018 Summer String Music Camps For Children

Apply Now: Top 10 List Of 2018 Summer String Music Camps For Children

Spring is in the air, which can only mean one thing: time to apply to music camp!

 

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Apply Now: Top 2018 Summer String Workshops For Adults

Apply Now: Top 2018 Summer String Workshops For Adults

Summer camp isn’t just for kids! If you have some time available this summer, why can’t you enjoy the immersive learning and socializing experience of music camp? You can. You don’t even need that much time. If you have a week or two, or even just a long weekend, you can find a music camp that will suit you.

 

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Newest Apps For Learning To Play The Cello

Newest Apps For Learning To Play The Cello

Do you find yourself wishing your budget could accommodate more private lessons each week? Having a difficult time knowing if you're playing a piece correctly when an instructor isn't there to provide feedback? Are you a student who does better with guided direction than left to your own devices?

 

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Violin Practice Tips For Adult Learners

Violin Practice Tips For Adult Learners

Adult music students often doubt their music abilities because they've fallen prey to certain myths, including the one that "childhood is the only time to learn musical instruments well..."

 

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Top 10 Classical Cello Compositions To Wow Your Friends

Top 10 Classical Cello Compositions To Wow Your Friends

Cellos often play a supporting role in orchestras – particularly youth, beginner and intermediate orchestras. For a student, however, this can become decidedly un-inspiring. Aspiring cellists deserve inspiring compositions - pieces that go beyond the rhythmic support of the treble clef and into the solo, "wowzah" category.

 

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